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Tatung to OEM Quantum's Rushmore Esystem Accelerator
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Tatung Science and Technology Inc. to OEM Quantum's Rushmore Esystem Accelerator To Serve E-Commerce Market

Arrow Electronics Acquires Moca®

Micromuse and Sun Microsystems Provide Fault Management and Service Assurance for Aether Systems' Wireless Data Network

Intel Dialogic Delivers Most Comprehensive Suite of CompactPCI Building Blocks for Linux Introduces Calendaring and Linux Support to Its BuzzPower E-community and Collaboration Platform

C-Cube Extends DVD Leadership With New Super-Integrated SPARC Chip
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MILPITAS, CA, October 31, 2000 - Quantum Corporation's DLT & Storage Systems Group today announced that Tatung Science and Technology Inc. (TSTI), intends to provide Quantum's Rushmore eSystem Accelerator (eSA) on an OEM basis to their e-commerce customers. Adding the eSA to the list of features on their SPARC-compatible server products, allows TSTI to provide a leading solution for speeding up transaction process times on the Internet. The eSystem Accelerator also creates more throughputs measured in hits and better response times for e-commerce users by upgrading database performance as much as 400 percent according to customer reports.

"The eSA greatly improves the speed of the database by placing the most commonly accessed files such as the re-do log or index files on the eSA," stated Dr. Kam Chan, president of TSTI. "This area is where e-commerce's mission critical applications are transacted and where most bottlenecks occur. By providing this product we can give our e-commerce customers the potential for more sales opportunities by accelerating their web environment."

The Solid State Business Unit joined Quantum Corporation's DLT & Storage Systems Group (NYSE:DSS) through the purchase of Digital Equipment Corporation's storage business in October of 1994. To help facilitate the need for quicker e-commerce response times Quantum released the Rushmore eSystem Accelerator in May 2000. The Rushmore eSystem Accelerator dramatically expedites Web page access and e-commerce transactions, allowing e-commerce providers the ability to meet and exceed increasing expectations for high-speed transactions and rapid response times demanded by online users today. ...Quantum profile, ...Tatung Science & Technology profile

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Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics Acquires Moca®

MELVILLE, New York, October 30, 2000 - Arrow Electronics, Inc. announced that it has completed its previously- announced acquisition of Merisel's Open Computing Alliance (MOCA®). MOCA, with 1999 revenues of nearly $1 billion, is wholly focused on Sun Enterprise Solutions, selling enterprise software, storage area networks, Solaris operating systems, and professional services which run on Sun hardware. With over 100 sales consultants in North America and 24 technical services and support team members, MOCA has grown its customer base substantially since being authorized to sell and support Sun products at the end of 1993. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Arrow's earnings in 2001.

"We are excited to add the MOCA team to our North American Computer Products group," said Francis M. Scricco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arrow. "We fully believe that the midrange server arena will continue to experience significant growth, and MOCA, one of only three authorized distributors of Sun in the United States, has demonstrated leadership in this area. Furthermore, we are adding to our management depth with Rich Severa and Bill Page, who will continue to lead MOCA," he added. "Storage and servers are the critical underpinnings of the Internet," said Michael J. Long, President of Arrow's North American Computer Products group. "Several weeks ago we completed the acquisition of Wyle Systems, which strengthened our Compaq offering. Our SNI and SBM groups specialize in the midrange products of IBM and HP. MOCA's focus on Sun Microsystems really fills out our product offering," he added. ...Arrow Electronics profile
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Micromuse and Sun Microsystems Provide Fault Management and Service Assurance for Aether Systems' Wireless Data Network

OCTOBER 30, 2000 - SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Micromuse Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that Aether Systems, Inc., a leading provider of wireless and mobile data products and services, has selected the NETCOOL® suite running on the Sun™ platform to provide real-time fault management and service assurance of its wireless data infrastructure. Using Micromuse's Netcool suite on Sun will provide Aether with a high level of assurance that its Network Operations Center is running at peak efficiency.

Aether's network comprises thousands of devices and systems, including Sun servers, switches from Cisco and hardware from other vendors. Aether requires automated correlation to quickly pinpoint and repair network problems before service quality is compromised. Netcool applications are designed to provide the proactive management that Aether needs to monitor its services and to mitigate risk across its networked environment.

The Netcool suite collects management data from more than 250 management environments and network devices, including voice, data and Internet. Fault data is rapidly processed and filtered by the Netcool ObjectServer™, an in-memory database. The Netcool application is designed to allow operators to build views of service availability in realtime, helping them manage networks more efficiently. ...Micromuse profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
Intel Dialogic Intel Dialogic Delivers Most Comprehensive Suite of CompactPCI Building Blocks for Linux

MIAMI, FL. (TECH SUMMIT 2000) — OCTOBER 26, 2000 — Intel Corporation's Dialogic subsidiary today announced that its broad range of CompactPCI (cPCI) building block products will now include full support for the Linux operating system. Intel Dialogic continues to build on the success of its initial system release for Linux by adding support for its entire family of products. With these enhancements, Linux now joins other fully supported operating systems that include Windows NT®, Windows® 2000, Tru64® UNIX , UnixWare® and Solaris®, enabling developers to build communications solutions for next generation networks.

Intel Dialogic's flexible, standards-based cPCI technology, coupled with the openness of Linux is a powerful building block alternative for creating next generation enhanced services platforms. These platforms scale to support thousands of ports per system with reduced deployment and maintenance costs. With Intel Dialogic's high availability cPCI solutions, service providers can quickly meet the increasing demand for voice-enabled e-business services with the performance and reliability that carrier-grade platforms require.

"Next generation networks are evolving towards a more open and modular infrastructure with more replaceable elements than traditional networks," said John Amein, vice president of product marketing for Intel Dialogic. "Linux and cPCI represent an open, standard combination that we expect many developers and service providers will enthusiastically embrace to implement next generation networks and deliver high value services." Carrier grade systems to be built using Intel Dialogic cPCI building blocks include Enhanced Media Gateways, Enhanced Programmable Switches, IP Signaling Gateways, and Voice Portals for packet networks. All of these systems were demonstrated successfully at TechSummit this week. ...Intel Dialogic profile Introduces Calendaring and Linux Support to Its BuzzPower E-community and Collaboration Platform

New York, October 24, 2000 —, Inc. today unveiled calendaring, Linux support, enhanced chat and e-mail digests to its leading BuzzPower e-community and collaboration platform. The new and enhanced functionality, available on the next-generation BuzzPower 4.2 in December 2000, will allow portals and destination sites to expand the menu of value-added services offered to community members.

The new calendaring function will enable the creation of public and personal calendars for managing and sharing events among community members. Fully integrated with the BuzzPower access control engine, the calendar tool allows individuals to send e-mail invitations to an event, view scheduled events in a web-based graphical user interface, and receive e-mail or private message reminders for events. Comprehensive web-based administration allows website managers to easily control and manage the community calendars.

New features on BuzzPower 4.2 include:
  • Expanded support for industry-leading Java Application Servers including ATG Dynamo, iPlanet, and Apache Tomcat.
  • Enhanced e-mail digests, which let users receive an e-mail copy of every posting to a forum and which enable quick and easy replies that can be automatically threaded back into the discussion.
  • New chat capabilities that use HTTP Protocol to work through the most stringent and secure corporate firewalls.

BuzzPower 4.2 also offers a highly scalable e-community, targeted advertising to community members, member ratings, permission or "opt-in" marketing, member incentives or "loyalty points" programs, and the ability to integrate e-commerce catalogs, auctions and exchange software packages. BuzzPower is the leading eCommunity software built on a pure Java platform. It provides ORACLE and LDAP support, survey and polling capabilities, product reviews and XML-based Buzzlets for rapid e-community publishing. It can be deployed as a standalone offering on multiple operating systems including Linux, Solaris, and Windows or as a hosted offering through Multex's Application Service Provider business. The BuzzPower 4.2 Portal Edition is completely brandable, customizable, and offers a high level of security. profile
C-Cube Microsystems C-Cube Extends DVD Leadership With New Super-Integrated SPARC Chip

MILPITAS, Calif., - Oct. 23, 2000 - C-Cube Microsystems Inc. introduced the ZiVA-5 DVD system processor. The industry's most advanced DVD solution, ZiVA-5, builds on the company's proven ZiVA architecture - C-Cube has sold more than 10 million DVD ICs worldwide - and integrates a number of new features, including the industry's only full DVD-Audio solution, an MP3 audio codec, progressive-scan output, 2D-multiplane graphics engine, Internet applications, and more.

ZiVA-5 integrates a new high-performance 150MHz 32-bit SPARC CPU that features the ability to simultaneously issue both integer and DSP instructions. With this high-performance CPU, ZiVA-5 provides an ideal platform for software applications, such as DVD-Video navigation, DVD-Audio navigation, intuitive user interfaces, and the Planetweb™ Internet browser. The ZiVA-5 processor also contains a powerful 32-bit, 2-D multi-plane graphics engine, TrueScan™ high-quality field-adaptive de-interlacer, a programmable NTSC/PAL/480P video encoder with interlaced and progressive scan support including Macrovision AGC version 1.03 for 480P, and a flexible bus interface.

C-Cube C-Ware™ Software Development Platform and API ZiVA-5 is fully compatible with C-Cube's C-Ware software API. C-Ware provides customers with a common development and execution environment across all C-Cube SPARC-based products, enabling the ready use of industry-standard development tools, and ensuring the reuse of existing software.

Price/Availability ZiVA-5 is packaged in a 208-pin PQFP and will be available in two versions: ZiVA-5X for full-featured DVD, and ZiVA-5M for mainstream DVD products. Samples will be available Q4, 2000, with volume shipments commencing in the first half of 2001. In volume quantities, ZiVA-5X is priced at $22.50 and ZiVA-5M is priced at $16.50. ...C-Cube profile

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